Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) (HM1YM2)

Location: Mount Vernon, KY 40456 Rockcastle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 21.167', W 84° 20.317'

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Captain Milton M. Frazier Post 127

—Veterans’ Benefits —

A Rockcastle County post of the national GAR held meetings in this building for decades until the last of the local Union veterans became too old or died. It was a national fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union's army, navy, and marines who served in the American Civil War. Founded 1866, dissolved 1956 after its last member died. The GAR became the first truly organized advocate of veterans' benefits. Kentucky Department of GAR organized January 12, 1883. Composed of 155 posts. Rockcastle post named for town doctor Milton M. Frazier who commanded an infantry unit and died in battle. The national organization became so powerful that it was almost impossible for a candidate for U.S. president to be nominated by Republican Party without the blessing of the national organization.

When this building was vacated by Hiatt's 5 & 10 after beginning of 21st Century, the upstairs hall was almost as it had been left after the last meeting had been adjourned. Membership hall here shared office and meeting space with the local Masonic Lodge, send floor of the Fish & Sons Men's Apparel Store, later became Hiatt's 5 & 10 for generations of customers, then became Amburgey Law Office.
HM NumberHM1YM2
Placed ByRockcastle County History
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Date Added Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 735723 N 4137331
Decimal Degrees37.35278333, -84.33861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 21.167', W 84° 20.317'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 21' 10.02" N, 84° 20' 19.02" W
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Area Code(s)606
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24-34 Church St, Mount Vernon KY 40456, US
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